Korea National Arboretum, Pocheon

Forest · Hidden Gem · Garden
Korea National Arboretum (Korean: 국립수목원) is a over-500-year-old arboretum located in Pocheon city of Gyeonggi Province of South Korea. It is widely known as "Gwangneung Forest (Korean: 광릉숲)" by the public. It is designated as UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserve and the country's 11th natural monument.

Its history can be traced back to Joseon Dynasty. The planting of large forests started during the reign of Sejo of Joseon. He and Queen Jeonghui designated the area for a tomb which later named Gwangneung. Their tomb is one of Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty, a UNESCO world heritage site. Following the construction of the tomb, it and its surrounding areas were designated as royal forest and kept under strict protection which lasted throughout post-Joseon history. The area was devastated during the Korean war. From 1983 to 1987, the central government went under project to develop the area as an arboretum with a forest museum. Upon its completion in 1987, it was finally open to the general public. In 1999 its status was elevated to National Arboretum becoming the first of its kind in the country's history.
The arboretum includes the white-bellied woodpecker and 900 plant species.

Plan to visit Korea National Arboretum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Pocheon attractions using our Pocheon route maker tool.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Korea National Arboretum
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Korea National Arboretum reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
22 reviews
  • It is a peaceful place to relax. Also, there are many trees, so the air seems clear and it's a good place to take a walk with your family. It was the prettiest place with autumn leaves, and there...  more »
  • I’ve visited many botanical gardens. Many which are beautiful and amazing. However they have had a lot of human influence. This garden is in a forest with some human influence. I feel it was set up....  more »
  • Very good arboretum. Probably the best and the biggest near Seoul. The entrance fee is only 1,000 won. But, the reservation is ESSENTIAL. No chance to be sold out by the way. Not crowded during the...  more »

Plan your trip to Pocheon

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.